We’ve been sending out holiday cards to our friends and families for a few years now. Last year, we letterpress printed these fun tree cards with lyrics of Joy to the World as a field of text. We loved this cards but wanted something even more playful and whimsical this year. After searching pinterest, we were inspired by the simple ‘chalkboard’ messages that that we found–like here and here. This was also a great opportunity to practice my script lettering.
So after several drafts in my sketchbook, we both decided on this version here with a ribbon banner above. This simplicity of the front is paired with a really fun pattern on the back…and a shameless but subtle plug for the studio; gotta get that branding in there somewhere. But why are they seafoam green you ask? My husband and I debated a lot over colors. We both agreed that we didn’t want the traditional red and green. Instead, we took a modern spin on colors and used seafoam and warm gray for the card itself. Then we brought in a rainbow of fun colors with the envelope liner. Then these colors from the liner show up again on our newsletter tags, helping to unify the palette.
The whole card assembly is tied together with pink baker’s twine and stuffed in a kraft brown envelope. Each envelope is then lovingly hand addressed and finished off with a return address label and O’Henry stamp (don’t you love how the post office loves seafoam green too).
The cards turned out great this year and we love how “us” they are. And just in case you need a recap, here’s a breakdown of all the pieces:
1. Hand drawn/lettered card
2. Newsletter tags capturing our top 3 moments of the year strung on baker’s twine
3. Kraft brown envelopes with liners (we cut these from sheets of mr. boddington’s wrapping paper)
4. Seafoam green wrapped return address label
5. O Henry postage stamp to match our favorite seafoam green!